O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam looking for improved results. The O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam will be looking for improved results on the Caledon 400 -- round six of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship -- on September 27 and 28. The ...
O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam looking for improved results.
The O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam will be looking for improved results on the Caledon 400 -- round six of the Bankfin Off-Road Championship -- on September 27 and 28.
The recent Toyota Dealer 400 at Sun City produced a mixed bag for the O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam. Two of the team's four entries in the Special and Production Vehicle categories saw out the distance, and top of the agenda on the Caledon event will be a full house of finishers.
The O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam will again have three entries among the Special Vehicles, and a lone runner in the Production Vehicle category.
The Superteam's Class A challenge will again be in the hands of John Weir-Smith and Geoff Minnitt in the BMW Jimco. Power steering problems at Sun City saw the pair start 30 minutes after the last car had left, and despite three punctures they proceeded to blast their way through the field to eventually finish fourth in the Special Vehicle category and Class A.
"It was a frustrating weekend, and niggly mechanical problems have been a hassle all season," said Weir-Smith. "If Geoff and I can put together a clean run on the Caledon 400 we'll be right up there."
The Caledon 400 also provides Weir-Smith with added incentive. He is currently fourth in the Class A drivers championship with only two points separating him from Atang Makgekgenene in second place and Laurence du Plessis in third place.
"The championship is far from over," warned Weir-Smith. "A win for us on the Caledon 400 will throw matters wide open."
The Caledon 400 will also see the father and son team of Rob and Gareth Wark back together in Class B. Wark junior tackled the Toyota Dealer 400 on his own but was ruled out soon after the start after an off course excursion left the O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Mighty Mag with front suspension damage.
"Gareth was probably trying a little too hard and learned that you don't win long races in the first 10 kilometres," said the experienced Wark. "Our main objective on the Caledon 400 will be to get the car to the finish and pick up points."
In Class S Nick Goslar teamed up with fellow off-road motorcyclist Glenn Steyn in the O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam Raceco on the Toyota Dealer 400 with the pair finishing a creditable 10th overall and third in Class S.
"It was a good debut effort on our part," said Goslar, "but we will be looking for a class win on the Caledon 400."
Also aiming to see out the distance will be Paolo Piazza-Musso and Scott Abraham in the O'Hagan's/Kopanong Hotel Superteam Jeep running in Class F in the Production Vehicle category. The pair finished in the top 20 in the prologue at Sun City, picked up nine places early on in the race and then went out at the 30km mark when a steering arm broke.
"We were a little fortunate in that the steering arm broke on a slow section of the course," said Piazza-Musso. "It was disappointing because we were going along well, and were running in the top 10 when we went out.
"We haven't had much luck this season, but hopefully that will change on the Caledon 400 and we can come up with a result that reflects the Jeep's potential."